The Ohio Farmers’ Market Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, 2010 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg, OH. Encourage the management of farmers’ markets on which your future depends to be there! Go to http://ohiofarmersmarkets.osu.edu, or contact Melissa Hurtt at 800-297-2072, ext 222 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This free service is available to food producers, buyers, and others in the Ohio food supply chain. Helps you easily research, locate and map new markets. Offers a Buy/Sell Forum. Go to http://www.ohiomarketmaker.com
Also explore the direct marketing resources available to benefit your farm at http://directmarketing.osu.edu
Grassland farmers across the Midwest will get the latest production information for their livestock. For more information go to http://ohioforages.blogspot.com/ or contact Jeff McCutcheon at 419-947-1070.
The Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund for Sustainable Agriculture offers grants up to $5,000 (average grant is $2,000) to fund supplies, transport costs, services, and labor to conduct on-farm research related to profitability, energy efficiency, social consequences and environmental soundness of sustainable agriculture practices and production systems. The purpose of the grant is to help farmers solve problems on their own farms. For detailed information go to http://sustainableag.osu.edu or contact Megan Shoenfelt at OARDC-Wooster 330-202-3537 or email@example.com
The Farm Science Agency operates an office of Minority and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Assistance to work with eligible farmers who have concerns and questions about loan applications filed with local offices. All minority persons involved in farming or ranching are encouraged to register to receive information or be personally contacted through USDA outreach efforts. USDA programs include direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans, marketing loans, as well as conservation, housing and rural business, and risk management. Go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=about&subject=landing&topic=sao-oa-cr-ma
Educational programs on a wide variety of sheep and goat management topics are offered in 12 Ohio districts beginning January 13 and ending in March 15. Locations include Mt. Victory, Mt. Gilead, Springfield, Barnesville, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Burton, Piketon, Wilimington, Mt. Hope, Fostoria, and Zanesville.
An 5-session, 10-hour Sheep and Goat Production School begins January 19th in Athens, Ohio.
For more information go to http://www.ohiosheep.org or contact Roger High at 614-246-8299.
The OSU Nursery Short Course provides unparalleled educational opportunities with nearly 100 sessions for nursery, landscape, garden center, tree care and turf professionals. Continuing Education Credits are available for selected courses. The Nursery Short Course is held in conjunction with the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show – CENTS at the Great Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. To register or form information http://basicgreen.osu.edu/english/programs/OSU%20Nursery%20Short%20Course.
The 14th annual P.L.A.N.T. seminar is held on January 24th and will focus on suburban landscape designs and plant selections.
OSU Extension offers three Blogs that may be of interest to you. Check them out!
Western Reserve E. E. R. A. - (targets Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Summit, Trumbull counties) located at http://northeastohioagriculture.wordpress.com
Ohio Agricultural Law updates you on legal issues affecting Ohio’s farms, food, animals, land and resources – http://ohioaglaw.wordpress.com
Ohio Farm Succession shares updates on estate planning legislation and tax changes that could affect the transfer of a farm business, and provides information on educational programs on succession planning offered to Ohio farmers – http://ohiofarmsuccession.wordpress.com
Did you know that farmers are eligible to act as vendors for the federal WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program? Since October 2009, WIC clients can receive monthly vouchers worth either $6 or $10 to purchase fruits and vegetables. Farmers can accept such vouchers anywhere they sell their products, including farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and at their farms, but first must apply through the Ohio Department of Health (this is an annual application process). To receive an application, contact Robin Ridenour (614) 644-8285 or Kadie Donahoe (614-644-7570) at the Ohio Department of Health. (This program is separate from the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, FMNP – separate regulations and application.)
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is hosting a meeting Wednesday, January 13th at 11:00 am to hear from growers and other interested stakeholders about the needs, opportunities and challenges for the specialty crop industry in Ohio. This meeting is at ODA’s Bromfield Administration Building. Contact Amalie Lipstreu at 614.466.6198 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.